Sunday, December 30, 2018

Christmas in the Country

After the hustle and bustle of preparing for the holidays, I've enjoyed the week after Christmas relaxing with family and friends.  The highlight of every week after Christmas is a visit to my husband's parents in Jamestown, NY for a few days, followed by a visit to my parents in Central upstate New York, about 15 miles from Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Several parts of these visits are tradition:  breakfast at the Dinner Bell for dinner-plate size pancakes and unlimited cups of coffee, stuffed pork chops at the Rod and Gun Club on Chautaquua Lake with my in-laws, and a very special Christmas celebration after.

We all too soon have to set out on our 5-hour ride through the middle of nowhere to reach my parents -- usually through snow, rain, fog, deer sightings, etc.  At my parents, I've come to expect the small Christmas ornament that "sings" when you turn on the Christmas tree lights connected to the main light switch (it's the first switch I turn on and off when I reach my parents - drives my dad batty!). Then, of course there are the "Blue People" --  I love to comment on this Victorian-era group of carolers (all with frostbite!) as they sing their hearts out for all to hear (check out the photo below -- you'll understand what I mean!).

It's time for another Christmas celebration -- my sister and her family has come up from Virginia, my brother and his family travel the 20-30 minutes to enjoy another special Christmas celebration, and my dad takes the time to make his signature apple and cherry turnovers.  It wouldn't be Christmas without eggnog with my mom, and Rummikub with the cousins!!

This morning, snow has covered the ground.  What a peaceful, wonderful sight!  Have you heard the song by Burl Ives, "Please Send Some Snow"?   I've substituted the words ... "Please send some snow ... some snow for Jeannie"!  (Click the link in case you haven't heard it!)

All of this brings me to my favorite Christmas card of this year -- Farmhouse Christmas.  Although the framelits are no longer available, there's still time to order the Farmhouse Christmas stamp set!

I hope your new year brings you all lots of stamping time.  Don't forget that the Holiday catalog is good only until  midnight on 1/2/2019.  On the 3rd, it's time for the Spring Catalog ... ready or not! ... and Sale-a-bration.  Place your order ASAP if you still have something you'd like from the holiday catalog!!
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Monday, October 22, 2018

A One-Day Sale celebrating Stampin' Up!'s Birthday!

I'm so excited about this 24 hour Birthday Sale!!  One of the stamp sets, Another Wonderful Year, is the stamp set that we'll be using for our 9th Annual Stamp Out Breast Cancer event this coming Saturday.  In case anyone wants to donate, I'm including the link HERE.  With your $20 (or more!) donation, you'll get a free tutorial by email that uses this stamp set and the Broadway Bound DSP.  The cards are super-simple but cute!  100% of the profits go to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.  If you live in Massachusetts or New Hampshire and can come to our event on Saturday, it's in Dracut MA at Harmony Hall from 1 - 4 p.m.  Not only will you be able to come in and make the cards (a team of demonstrators including me have donated all of the supplies), but you can purchase chances to win great raffles and hear great speakers, not to mention that you can have an all-around good time with other stampers! 

So, I want to share one of the cards I made this morning using the A Little Wild stamp set and Another Wonderful Year. 

I sent out the tutorial for this card in my weekly newsletter today.  If you subscribe to my newsletter, you can receive this and other tutorials, and Stampin' Up! news too! 

Down below, I've included all of the stamp sets that are on sale tomorrow!  Happy shopping!  (*Use the hostess code X2DDXXFE and I will send you a set of note cards if your order is over $50.
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Featuring the Take Your Pick Tool!

I've been featuring the Take Your Pick tool from Stampin' Up! on my website all week.  What a fabulous tool!!  It scores, it picks up sequins and jewels, and picks up glue dots, all in several different ends of the tool.  Here's a picture of thee tool:

Do you see all of the ends?  They pop in and out of the ends with a simple twist-and-lock mechanism.  Wow!!  

Here's a Halloween card that I received it in a swap last week, made by Shannon Criado.  I LOVE this card and I know my class ladies love the "looks complicated but SO easy" fancy fold! There are a few elements on this card that could be made with this fun and useful tool including the scoring tip and the putty tip to place the sequins.

Here's the recipe:
  • Basic Black c/s, 8 1/2" x 4 1/4", scored at 5 1/2"
  • Lemon Lime Twist c/s 4" x 5 1/4", scored every 3/8" or embossed with the Simple Stripes folder and the Big Shot
  • Basic Black c/s, 8" x 3", scored at 4"
  • Whisper White c/s, 2 3/4" x 3 3/4"
  • Best Route DSP 2 3/4" x 4" 
  • Gray Granite c/s for image mat, 2 7/8" x 3 7/8"
  • Whisper White Stitched Oval(I think the 2nd largest), cut with Big Shot, stamped with cat from Trick or Tweet stamp set and colored in with markers or blends
  • Whisper White scrap for sentiment, 2" x 1", stamped with sentiment. 
  • Finish off the card with Lemon Lime Twist Ruffled Ribbon and Black sequins! 

Enjoy!  (See my supply list below).

*Anyone that places an order for $35 or more using the hostess code G2BJ2DZ4 will be entered to win a Take Your Pick tool from me.  You must enter your order by Sunday night as I will be closing the September Hostess code at that time.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Our Sept 15th 2018 One-Day Retreat Preview!

I've been so busy planning for next week's one-day retreat with my upline, Marilyn SanClemente but thought I should give some sneak peeks of what's happening!

Below are a few pictures taken at past events:

We're so excited about this event's "goody bag" -- $25 of pure Stampin' Up! goodness!!  Check out the photo below! And that's only part of our day!  1/2 package of the Joyous Noel specialty DSP, some of the new Merry Merlot and Copper 5/8" reversible ribbon, a yard of the Tranquil Tide Velvet Ribbon, a selection of the Snowflakes and Stars wire elements, a sheet of the new Joyous Noel 6x6" Glimmer Paper, a collection of cardstock to match the Designer Series Paper, and even 1/3 sheet of copper foil.  That's only part of what you'll be getting on that day -- treats specially packaged, lunch and snacks through the day, raffles that you WON'T want to miss, games etc!

You can register HERE (Marilyn's website) until Sept. 9th, 2018.

And then there are the classes!  I'm so excited about my class:  I'm using the Santa's Workshop Memories and More card kit with the Real Red matching card bases and envelopes.  You'll be making 10 cards in class, but the class includes a WHOLE pack of the Memories and More kit, the card bases and envelopes, and even some red rhinestones.  Check out a sneak peek below!  You're only using part of the package -- you can duplicate to make more cards, or use the remaining stickers and cards to even make gift tags.  I'll have ideas posted on my board at the event that day.  The cost of this class is $36 -- register HERE for my class (and other classes we're teaching throughout the day, *on Marilyn's website again)  *You must register for these classes by Sept. 9th 2018 so we have time to order supplies and do the prep work!  (If you register for this class through this link, we're also offering a deal on the Timeless Tidings stamp set when included with the class -- the class with the stamp set is $56, a savings of 15% on the stamp set!)

I hope this is enticing if you live in the area of Northeastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.  The event is at the Tewksbury Congregational Church in Tewksbury Massachusetts and is quite easy to get to.  We'd love to have you join us!  Again, the link to join us is HERE, and we need you to sign up by Sunday, Sept. 9th, 2018.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

August Special ... Blended Season Morning Glories

Hi everyone!

I have to be honest.  When I first saw the new Blended Seasons bundle available only in August, I decided I didn't need it.  After all ... another limited time special, a wish list that's already a mile long ... did I need another bundle?!

I've changed my tune a bit. I've seen so many samples.  There are so many pinterest ideas out there!!  I LOVE this bundle!!  It covers all of the seasons, not to mention that I love the matching framelits!! I also love to color, although I'm not very good at it yet.

This afternoon, I wasn't sleeping -- I'm in the middle of a night shift stretch, with just one to go, and I'm sleeping only about 2 1/2 hours a day.  What's one to do when you have to go to work and you can't sleep?  I decided to make a super-quick card ... my thank you card for June and July.  Yep, I'm behind, but they're coming!!!

This card took me only about 20 minutes to create.  The card base is Blueberry Bushel, 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2".  The next layer is a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of the In Color DSP 6x6" stack papers -- I couldn't decide between the dots and the stripes (you might get one or the other, since I still haven't decided!!).  I only have the stripes to share today -- I forgot to color the flowers in with the Daffodil Delight blends marker so my flower centers look naked!!

The image is stamped on Shimmer White cardstock and cut out with the largest framelit from the bundle.  I then colored the flowers with Night of Navy blends, primarily the light, accented with the dark marker.  The leaves are colored with the new Granny Apple Green blends, and my centers are colored in the Daffodil Delight blends ... light I believe?  The final accent is a small length of Lemon Lime Twist ruffled ribbon, tied in a simple bow and attached with a glue dot.

You can make this card too!!  The supplies are listed in my store below.  Hurry though ... the bundle is gone on September 1st!!

I hope to share a card using the limited time watercolor pencils in another day or so!!  Stay tuned!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Our Stamping Retreat!

Saturday, June 16th, 2018 marked our 4th Creative Crafting Escapes (with Jeannie and Marilyn) since last June and boy, did we have fun again!  Many have said it was our best yet! 

I wanted to share some pictures of the card class I taught as well as a few pictures I remembered to take before or during the event! 

This is the "cover photo" for my In Color Techniques and Textures class: I did emboss-resist with VersaMark, embossing with the heat gun and embossing powder, then coloring in with sponge daubers before cutting out with the Big Shot, fun foam (a new technique for ALL of us!), embossing with an embossing folder, then sponging to accent the embossed, and Brusho (the yellow card).  All of the cards fit snugly in our acetate box, and then we tied on a cute little tag.  If you haven't guessed yet, the stamp set featured was Petal Palette.  I gave everyone 1 yard each of the new In Color 1/8" Grosgrain ribbons, 1 yard of the 5/8" Whisper White polka dot tulle, 1/2 package of the In Color 6"x6" Designer Paper Stack (I pre-cut the pieces they needed for class), plus 1 package of the new Faceted Dots.  In addition, I pre-cut and scored all of the cardstock pieces that they needed for the class. 

I hope to do a quick tutorial in the next day or two, showing you how to do the Fun Foam card -- it's very neat!

The room was quiet while we played a Scavenger Hunt Game ...

This is a picture of my Up Line and Stamping Partner, Marilyn SanClemente -- you'll laugh when I tell you she was playing the game too ... because she forgot to make up the Answer Key ahead of time!  Too funny!!

Check out the Giveaways!  We gave (8) 1/2 sheets of colored cardstock, a full sheet of Whisper White cardstock, pearlized doilies, and a 6"x12" piece of each of the Share What You Love designer papers.  One of our other demonstrators, Margaret, created a display of Apron cards using the Apron of Love stamp set (not pictured, but that was also in the giveaway as part of their entry fee.) -- she created one card for every month of the year!!  Yikes!!  

I forgot to get a picture of another giveaway -- Margaret also designed 4 simple cards using the Apron of Love stamp set that guests could create during the afternoon ... yep, MORE cardstock and ideas!!

Since I didn't get too many pictures of the room set up, this is one of the views of a couple of the tables before everyone got there on Saturday morning -- we tried to give everyone plenty of space to work!

I took this picture at lunch -- not too many times when we all had a chance to sit together and visit with 4 classes through the day!  

I say this every time ... next time I'll specifically ask someone to take a few pictures!!

Such a fun day!  I got 28,000 steps by the end of the day!!  Phew!!  And guess what ... we've already started registering guests for September!!  Yay!!

Thanks for visiting!
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

A Special Mother's Day Card for Mom!

I struggled to find the perfect Mother's Day card for my mom.  It was right in front of me in the catalog this year!!

I just love the Apron of Love stamp set and finally noticed the sample in the catalog.  Did you see it?!  It's bright and cheery and downright LOVELY!!  So, I set to work to copy it for my mom!

Here's my card -- if you look in the catalog, you'll see an almost-identical card.  I changed just a few things.  Okay, maybe more than a few!!

First of all, I'm not sure if the catalog card uses a stamp or a designer paper.  I'm thinking that it's a designer paper.  It looks to me like the Crushed Curry striped DSP from the Tutti-Fruiti 6x6 DSP stack. Well, that yellow was just not bright enough for me!!  I used my Brushstroke stamp that's going to retire on May 31st to make my own DSP!!  Yep, I stamped the stripes myself (not QUITE by myself -- I used my brand new Stamp-a-ratus for great positioning!!) with Daffodil Delight ink.

Hmm... what else could I do?!

I then decided to showcase a bunch of items that are retiring the end of this month -- the Lots of Labels framelit dies, the doily, the Rose Red and Wild Wasabi inks, the Pink Pirouette paper, and the crinkled Berry Burst seam binding.  Yikes!! Whatever will I do without these items!!

Here's a closer view of the card:

I have to tell you why I made this card.  I know that my favorite color is yellow, and my favorite person on Mother's Day is definitely my mom!!  So, she deserves my favorite color!! I love the apron set because it reminds me of good times growing up -- both with my mom AND my dad!  My mom always had cookies in a rubbermaid container in our cabinet -- we could have 1 chocolate chip cookie a day!!  So special!  I also remember her baking special sugar cookies for my dad -- I used to love licking the bowl after she finished putting the cookie dough on the tray!!  Christmas time was like the North Pole in our house -- Christmas cookies for sure, but more importantly the Almond Cakes that my parents (that was my dad's specialty!) made together -- Dad mixed the dough and my mom was in charge of greasing the pans, sprinkling the almonds on top, and making sure they came out of the oven at just the right time!!  What a team they were ... and still are!!

Yes, Mother's Day is special -- special enough to send a very, very special card!!  If you want to duplicate this card, I'll put the "ingredients" below!!

Happy Mother's Day Mom!!  Love you to the moon and back!!
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Friday, March 30, 2018

Blossoming Basket for Spring!

All of a sudden we have 2 days left of Sale-a-bration!  Where did these 2 months go?! 

In the 2nd half of Sale-a-bration the basket bundle was introduced.  What a beautiful stamp set!  I just love the detail of the basket!!  What's better than a free stamp set?!  A matching dynamic impressions embossing folder of course!! 

The card below was one of the cards we made in our Spring Folds card class.  It's sort of a specialty card -- because of the folds, it created a shadow box of sorts. 

I cut 2 pieces of cardstock (Pink Pirouette for the front and thick Whisper White for the back), 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I then scored each piece at 1/2", 1", 4 1/4" and 5".  I then cut a circle out of the front cardstock piece (perfectly centered between the 2 inside score lines using one of our layering circles framelets (just pick out the largest size round framelet that fits!). After scoring, run the front piece of cardstock through the Big Shot, using the basket weave dimensions folder.  Fold the cardstock on the previously scored lines -- they should still be somewhat apparent.

I stamped the basket image from Blossoming Basket on a piece of vellum cardstock that was sized approximately 3" x 4".  I then turned the vellum over and colored the back with various colors of Blends markers.  Flip the vellum back over and attach to the middle back of the card using glue dots in the corners and snail behind the basket image (it won't show through the coloring). Coloring the basket makes a sort of stained glass window effect I think.  

Put tear and tape on each of the 1/2" outside flaps and attach together.  The method of attaching is a valley fold on the outside score lines, and mountain folds on the inside score lines, thereby creating a shadow box.  The card itself folds flat for mailing, but the receiver can stand the card up easily and admire your handiwork for days!!

Oh yes, I stamped the banner on Shimmery White cardstock using Black Memento ink and the Banners for You stamp set.  The sentiment is from the Hello Easter stamp set featured in the Occasions catalog.  One more thing -- when you decide front and back for your card, try to make sure the basket weave is actually showing on the front LOL!  I missed that detail -- I discovered it when I was taking the picture!

So, the moral of this story is that if you like the Blossoming Basket bundle, get it free with a $100 order by Saturday, March 31st at 11:59 PM (MT).  After that, yes, you can buy the Basket Weave embossing folder in the next Annual catalog, but the Blossoming Basket stamp set will be gone forever!! 

Thanks for visiting me today!  ("Ingredient list is below!)

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Peekaboo Pandas - 3 Days left of Sale-a-bration!

Isn't this a fun card?!  My assistant and team member, Jaynee, helped me to design it (it was crunch time, about 1/2 hour before a class and I was struggling!).

The Party Pandas were stamped on Whisper White cardstock and hand cut out.  The hats were colored in with markers -- I'm pretty sure that they were primarily the Brights markers, but you could substitute any color to match your designer paper.  In this case, the designer paper layered behind the Whisper White layer is also a Sale-a-bration item, Bubbles and Fizz DSP.

The Whisper White layer is embossed with the new Confetti textured impressions embossing folder and the Big Shot.  Next, the top was evenly punched out with the 1-3/8" Round Punch.  Start by punching out your center circle, and then punch out the outside 2 circles, evenly spacing between the center circle and the outside edges. Then, "pop" your pandas inside the circles, randomly positioning them within the circles (and popping up with dimensionals) -- the bears can appear to be popping out of the circles because the hats/arms can be outside of the circles.

I attached a 1-1/2" strip of the Myths and Magic Glimmer paper -- I just love the Bermuda Bay color!  I hope Stampin' Up! keeps coming out with more colors!  The sentiment was stamped and punched out using the Classic Label punch.  You will either have to glue it or pop it up with dimensionals to get it to stick to the glimmer paper.

Purchase any supplies from my store HERE!  Make sure you do it by the end of the the month because the pandas go into "hibernation" on March 31st at 11:59 PM (MT).

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Epic Celebrations -- 4 days left of Sale-a-bration!

One of the early stamp sets offered for free in Sale-a-bration this year was the Epic Celebrations stamp set.  I immediately thought this would be a great stamp set for a teenage boy.  How cool!! 

These three cards are not my own -- they were all received in swaps I participated in this past January.  The first two cards both feature our new Brusho crystals. 

This is another Brusho card and uses a different sentiment.  It's not obvious in the picture, but I'm pretty sure that the darker "spatters" you see on this card are from the Wink of Stella pen that was "flicked" onto the card (I believe).

This last card features some watercoloring and our new Tailored Tag punch.  The Designer paper is the Sale-a-bration Bubbles and Fizz DSP, also available only until March 31st at 11:59 PM MT.  Get it while it's hot!!

The "ingredient list" is not comprehensive as these were not my cards.  All supplies are available in my store HERE.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Lots of Lavender - 5 days left of Sale-a-bration!

I truly believe that the Lots of Lavender stamp set is truly my favorite stamp set.  I love the two step stamping, meaning that I could use the 2nd "blossom" image as a stamp, or the buds can be colored in with markers or any watercoloring technique. 

This card was a swap that I received in January -- I love the rich fig color of the ribbon and card base.  In case you didn't realize it, the designer paper is from the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper.  It has a lovely silver metallic accent.  

You can purchase supplies from my store HERE -- with just a $50 order before tax and shipping, the stamp set is FREE!!

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Eight Days Left! Beautiful Peacock!

Hi everyone!!  I have to tell you that this card was totally shared with me by my upline, Marilyn.  I'm not sure if it was a swap or her own creation, but it's beautiful enough to share with you for sure!!

This card features the Beautiful Peacock stamp set.

In real life, this card is even prettier!  The colors are Lemon Lime Twist, Tempting Turquoise, and Dapper Denim.  Uh oh ... do you know what that means?!  There's not only Sale-a-bration products that are going away the end of this month, but there is also an ink and cardstock color going away the end of the Stampin' Up! year!!  That's right -- sad but true, Dapper Denim is an In Color that is going to retire on May 31st (but may be available as ink pad, refill and cardstock only while supplies last in April, so get it now if it's a color you love!!)

Here's a close up view of the card:

So ... do you count TWO Sale-a-bration products used on this card?!  Let me know in a comment below!!
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Thursday, March 22, 2018

9 Days and counting ... Glimmer Butterfly!

This is one of the cards featured in my Fancy Fold Card Class this past Tuesday night.  It's called a Fancy Fold Lever card.  I found the directions on You Tube, so I'm sure you could easily resurrect this card following a You Tube video yourself!!

The Sale-a-bration item in this card is not so obvious.  It was added on by Stampin' Up! in the third batch!  You can get it for free with a $50 order, or you can buy it (while supplies last I'm sure!) on April 1st.  I myself like FREE!!  Here's the link to my store if you need a hint!!

You might have to zoom in on the picture to see the glimmer and glitz, but it's there!!  So ... do you know what the Sale-a-bration product is yet?!  Leave me a comment!

Here are 2 more views.  See the "ingredient list" below!!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

It's the Final Countdown!! ... Lovely Lavender in Coral

With 10 days until the end of Sale-a-bration, now more than ever, you want to get the stamp sets and other items that are available only during Sale-a-bration.  Some of you have seen these cards in recent stamp classes, while for others, it may be your first view. 

I have to say, I LOVE this stamp set called Lovely Lavender.  This particular card is filled with lots of glitter and shine!!  It doesn't show in the photo, but I gold-embossed the image and then stamped over with the colored ink pads.  The technique is called two-step stamping.  No, the images don't line up perfectly, but that's part of the watercolor-look charm!!

Here is a closer view of the card.  

Can you pick out two items that are available ONLY during the Sale-a-bration period that Stampin' Up! does every year?!  I'm going to give you a hint.  Go to my store page HERE and check out the items.  Then, leave me a comment and I'll choose one person to send this card to!  Comments to receive this card close on Thursday night at 10 pm.  After that ... PLEASE leave me comments, but I will have already chosen who I will send this card to!   

Check out the supplies used on this card below.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Springtime Foil Options!

I was so excited to see the new Springtime Foils specialty designer paper option with the 2nd go-around of Sale-a-bration!  What lovely paper!!  It features 4 different patterns of foils/metallics, my favorite being this floral pattern embossed with copper.  

I know what you may be thinking -- I don't remember seeing this colored paper in the flyer ... and where did that ribbon come from??!!  Well ... so glad you mentioned that!!!

I love our new blends markers -- they're so versatile for coloring.  In this case, I colored both the designer paper AND the ribbon!!  I used the light olive blend and the light navy blend to color the paper, then used the light navy blend marker again to color the vanilla/gold metallic-edged ribbon.  Now, this opens a whole new world of ribbon options!!  

Pictured above, I show you a closer view of the colored ribbon.  Isn't it so beautiful?!  And yes, I still love the paper too!!  I picture a copper cross centered on the card above, replacing the sentiment, perhaps making a beautiful Easter card!!  Stay tuned ... I may have that for you later this week!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  I hope you enjoyed this quick new tip!  There are several colors of blends markers, both light and dark, opening up a whole new possibility of ribbon.  Have fun experimenting! Hopefully, Stampin' Up! will have more options in upcoming catalogs!!

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